At the age of 14, I already knew I wanted to study medicine and since then I luckily never doubted that choice. I studied medicine here in Amsterdam at the AMC. It was during clinical lectures that I found out about my interest in internal medicine and my enthusiasm for this specialty was confirmed during my clinical rotations. My dream was to become a really good internist and work in a large, peripheral hospital, like the OLVG.
Anyway, don’t expect me to ‘look back at my career’, as I truly feel as if it has just started. As a docter, I sense that my skills are improving every year still. To find the optimum between knowledge, experience, intuition and communicative skill has been a much more formidable challenge than I ever imagined when I started my career in medicine.